Sunday, February 08, 2015

Eventually, we can automate this process and file these lawsuits mere milliseconds after the breach is disclosed. (Filing before the disclosure isn't allowed, is it?)
Yes, it was less than 24 hours before the first potential class action was filed. Here are four potential class action lawsuits we know about already:
Anthem’s big data breach is already sparking lawsuits (Alabama lawsuit plaintiff: Danny Juliano)
Georgians sue Anthem, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia over data breach (Plaintiffs: Joseph D’Angelo III, Shawn P. Haggerty, Charity L. Latimer, Kurt J. McLaughlin, Tamara Nedlouf and John A. Thomas II; copy of lawsuit here).
It doesn’t seem to matter that Anthem hasn’t yet notified members whose data were involved in the breach. As of the time of filing, these plaintiffs likely do not yet have confirmation that their data was even caught up in the incident.

Toward a single, global law? (Written so even I can understand the arguments – a high standard indeed.)
Orin Kerr writes:
I’m pleased to note the publication of my article, The Fourth Amendment and the Global Internet, 67 Stan. L. Rev. 285 (2015).
Read more on WaPo The Volokh Conspiracy.

Finally! I've been looking for this report for more than a week. I'm not sure it was worth the wait.
FTC Report on Internet of Things
In a detailed report on the Internet of Things, released today, the staff of the Federal Trade Commission recommend a series of concrete steps that businesses can take to enhance and protect consumers’ privacy and security, as Americans start to reap the benefits from a growing world of Internet-connected devices. The Internet of Things is already impacting the daily lives of millions of Americans through the adoption of health and fitness monitors, home security devices, connected cars and household appliances, among other applications. Such devices offer the potential for improved health-monitoring, safer highways, and more efficient home energy use, among other potential benefits. However, the FTC report also notes that connected devices raise numerous privacy and security concerns that could undermine consumer confidence. “The only way for the Internet of Things to reach its full potential for innovation is with the trust of American consumers,” said FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez. “We believe that by adopting the best practices we’ve laid out, businesses will be better able to provide consumers the protections they want and allow the benefits of the Internet of Things to be fully realized.” The Internet of Things universe is expanding quickly, and there are now over 25 billion connected devices in use worldwide, with that number set to rise significantly as consumer goods companies, auto manufacturers, healthcare providers, and other businesses continue to invest in connected devices, according to data cited in the report. The report is partly based on input from leading technologists and academics, industry representatives, consumer advocates and others who participated in the FTC’s Internet of Things workshop held in Washington D.C. on Nov. 19, 2013, as well as those who submitted public comments to the Commission. Staff defined the Internet of Things as devices or sensors – other than computers, smartphones, or tablets – that connect, store or transmit information with or between each other via the Internet. The scope of the report is limited to IoT devices that are sold to or used by consumers.”

It's not quite reliance on artificial intelligence, but it clearly is undue reliance.
Why You Should Never Automate Your Twitter Marketing Campaigns
… Using automation can certainly make your Twitter life easier, and there are situations where it is highly effective. However, automating an entire marketing campaign? It’s probably not a great idea.
Coca Cola was recently “tricked” into tweeting quotes from Mein Kampf, all because they automated their marketing efforts.
… The campaign itself was quite cute: The goal was to make Twitter a happier place by asking people to reply to negative tweet with the hashtag #MakeItHappy, and Coca Cola would respond by turning the negative tweet into a happy little ASCII picture. Pretty harmless stuff, right?
Well, Gawker’s editorial labs director, Adam Pash ended up creating a bot that tweeted quotes from Mein Kampf, then retweeted them with the hashtag #MakeItHappy. For several hours last week, the @CocaCola account (which has 2.85 million followers) tweeted several passages from Mein Kampf in the shape of cutesy bananas and mice, before the automation was shut down and the campaign pulled.
So what went wrong here?
The campaign started off simple enough, but the lack of human oversight made it easy to exploit by the folks at Gawker. Because it was automated, there was no one behind the wheel to steer away from the cliff the second they saw the suspicious tweets appear in the queue.

If nothing else, it may start my students talking. (Probably not) Infographic
The Perfect Length for All Kinds of Online Content
Just check out this infographic below for a quick cheat sheet you can use whenever you’re creating something online.

I wonder if companies will trust their data to software in the cloud.
Smarsh Launches E-Discovery Compliance API
Archiving and compliance solutions provider Smarsh this week launched a developer program and API aimed at helping companies meet their e-discovery needs.
Using Smarsh's Content Ingestion API, companies can send content, such as emails, social media postings and instant message communications, to the Smarsh Archiving Platform. Once there, the content is available for search, review and production through a single Web-based interface.

I toss these articles to my students so they can aspire to over-achieving.
At 28, He’s Running A $7 Million Company That Just Recommends New Apps
Ryan Hoover is 28 years old and heads Product Hunt, an app that raised over $7 million. What does it do? List new apps, describing them in a single line.
… Product Hunt’s appeal lies in its simplicity — as does its lack of appeal. Each listing is just the name with the link and a single line description. Click and you can see comments about it – participants need to sign in with Twitter to comment.
In a way, the website is a result of the modern, TL;DR web. The Internet offers too much information, and people just want the most relevant point.

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